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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In Europe, Middle East and Africa, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for seven consecutive years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  1. Commercial, corporate and M&A
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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  4. Next Generation Partners

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The ‘knowledgeable and well-informed’ team at Camilleri Preziosi assists with cross-border M&A, joint ventures and company restructurings. Donald Vella recently led on transactions in the healthcare, pensions, shipping and real estate sectors. Louis de Gabriele  heads up the practice. Another key individual, Malcolm Falzon, leads the firm’s blockchain task force. The practice is further noted for its ‘excellent understanding of tax law in Malta’. Kirsten Cassar stands out as 'a competent lawyer and adviser’ in this field.

In a significant matter, Fenech & Fenech Advocates’ corporate and commercial practice head Nicholai Vella Falzon assisted Gaming Innovation Group with acquiring a major commercial premises as part of its growth strategy. Anthonio Ghio and others are acting for GVC Holdings in a corporate restructuring. and also provide ongoing corporate and regulatory advice on the gaming sector. The firm is reputed for its corporate litigation work, and is currently defending Banque Nationale de Développement Agricole against an action filed by FIMBank. Elsewhere, the firm advises government bodies and private sector entities on compliance with public procurement rules, and also provides assistance with tender award appeals. Other areas of activity include corporate finance transactions and the emerging crypto and blockchain fields.

Ganado Advocates’ client roster includes major listed companies, international private equity firms and oil companies. The firm covers the full spectrum of corporate and commercial legal advice, with the work spanning tax matters, company restructurings, M&A and regulatory advice. Its recent work has included assisting clients with share acquisitions/sales in the TMT and gaming sector, cross-border listings and advising a major telecoms company on its privatisation. Dr Adrian Gabarretta and Dr Stephen Attard lead the team, which includes Christine Cassar Naudi (who is known for her yachting tax expertise). Dr Nikolai Muscat Farrugia and Dr Simon Schembri are also noted.

Andrew Muscat leads on corporate and commercial matters at Mamo TCV Advocates. The firm's recent work includes advising on a number of significant M&A transactions for international clients; one highlight involved  acting for UK-based retailer The Entertainer on its acquisition of 50% of the equity of Maltese company John G. Cassar. Michael Psaila assisted a subsidiary of healthcare supplier Baxter Group with redomiciling from Switzerland to Malta. Elsewhere, the team advises clients on corporate governance, securitisation projects, asset finance projects and regulatory and compliance issues. Joseph Borg Bartolo is recommended for insurance-related mandates, which includes litigation, as well as regulatory and compliance advice. Bartolo assisted a network services operator with setting up a data centre in Malta.

Priscilla Mifsud Parker and Charlene Mifsud led the team at Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates on numerous corporate restructuring mandates including the establishment of the Ability Marine consultancy operation. Other instructions come from clients in the energy, aviation and gaming industries. Mifsud-Parker advises on re-domiciliation and tax structuring matters for listed companies and high net-worth individuals. Silvana Zammit assists with company incorporation procedures, GDPR implementation and gaming licence procurement. Senior manager Steve Muscat Azzopardi is also a key contact.

The ‘always accessible, hands-on and extremely knowledgeable’ Andrew Zammit leads GVZH Advocates’ practice. Zammit has particular expertise in the TMT, gaming and fintech arenas; highlights included advising Scientific Games on the acquisition of NYX Gaming Group. The team - which includes noted lawyers Joseph J. Vella, Michael Grech and Albert Grech  - assists with corporate restructurings and reorganisations, as well as corporate finance transactions. Luca Vella is also recommended.

WH Partners, which has a first-rate reputation in the gaming sector, advised The Stars Group on the Maltese law aspects of its $4.7bn acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming from CVC Capital Partners and Sky plc; James Scicluna was the lead partner on the transaction. Olga Finkel led on M&A transactions for clients such as Mr. Green and Cherry AB. Ruth Galea regularly advises on corporate restructurings, with a particular focus on joint ventures and M&A. Robert Zammit made partner in February 2018.

Led by James Scerri Worley, the team at Advocates Primei advises on company restructurings, redomiciliation matters and corporate acquisitions, among other matters. The group is currently acting for a financial services institution on its takeover by a new investor, and also provides the same client with other ongoing corporate, regulatory and compliance advice.

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